What is Parental Alienation?

What is Parental Alienation?

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 13-Apr-2017

The emotional nature of divorces mean it’s not uncommon for those involved to lash out in frustration or harbor resentment for the other party. For children caught in the middle of a divorce, this can be a tumultuous time where they feel lost, upset, confused, and more. This is an extremely vulnerable time for them, and some parents may “poison the well” when it comes to the relationship between their child and their ex, either intentionally or unintentionally. This is known as “parental alienation,” and not only is it illegal, but it’s extremely damaging to a child psychologically, and should be stopped immediately if it is discovered.

Signs of Parental Alienation

Is your child showing signs that they don’t trust you and don’t want to be involved with you? If this seems like it’s coming from completely out of nowhere, then chances are it may be a result of tampering from the other party. This is especially common when the other party has primary custody of the child and spends far more time with them away from you.

Some common child behaviors that may be signs of parental alienation include:

  • False association of rewards or gifts as having sinister motives
  • Refusing to cooperate or resisting the efforts of one parent
  • Children saying things that sounds “coached,” or as though they are far beyond their normal mental capacity, including denying any coaching
  • Unjustified anger that children cannot explain or are vague about the details of
  • Refusing to talk or communicate to one parent
  • A child knowing an excessive amount of details about the divorce proceedings that they have no business being involved with and citing these as reasons for being angry with one parent

Adults can also show signs of parental alienation. The following adult behaviors are also signs of possible tampering and parental alienation practices.

  • Insisting the child choose where they stay or who they go with in certain situations
  • Insisting that contact with the other parent is damaging to the child’s upbringing
  • Using a child to “spy” on the other parent
  • Scheduling activities during the other parent’s visitation to limit the time they spend with the other parent
  • Refusing to be flexible with the visitation schedule
  • Refusing to allow the other parent access to things like school or medical records that may be important to a child’s upbringing

If you suspect parental alienation may be at play in your divorce, do not hesitate to contact R. Gregory Colvin, LLC as soon as possible. As an Orlando divorce lawyer, Attorney Colvin can work with you to ensure you and your family navigate the divorce process and set yourself up for the best possible outcome. With more than 25 years of proven representation experience, we have the knowledge you need on your side to seek an optimal resolution to your case and the best start to your new, independent future.

Call R. Gregory Colvin, LLC today at 407-603-3460 to schedule your initial consultation.
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